Every year, more and more animals are being put on the endangered species list. One Canadian zoo, in particular, is trying to combat the endangered species list by implementing its first ever planned breeding program. In order to save giant pandas, the Calgary Zoo has planned a breeding program for their resident female panda. According to the zoo, this planned breeding cycle will help conserve the species of the giant pandas.\nREAD ALSO: You Can Watch The Alberta Rockies Mysteriously Glow Pink This Spring\nThe Calgary Zoo is home to some very special guests. Er Shun, Da Mao and their cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue are endangered species. These giant pandas will now be part of a scheduled breeding program aimed at raising the number of giant pandas in the world.\nEarlier today, the Calgary Zoo announced that their resident female panda Er Shun is ready to breed. According to the Calgary Zoo, this planned breeding will aid in the conservation of giant pandas.\nNow that Er Shun is in the early stages of her breeding cycle, a collaborative program will be launching. This program will work over the next few weeks and will involve hormone monitoring and artificial insemination.\nThroughout the process, Er Shun will be monitored carefully during her breeding as successful breeding does not always happen. In order to ensure she receives the best care with the highest turnout, the Calgary Zoo will work alongside veterinary teams and a panda reproductive specialist from China.\nView this post on Instagram #MondayMood 🐼💤 Feeling sleepy on this chilly morning? Jia Panpan knows how to handle Monday’s... snuggle up for a nice long nap! A post shared by The Calgary Zoo (@thecalgaryzoo) on Feb 25, 2019 at 11:02am PST\nAccording to Dr. Clément Lanthier, President and CEO of the Calgary Zoo, hosting and breeding these vulnerable animals will be a great opportunity to engage the community and visitors of the zoo. Last year, 1.5 million guests came to see these giant creatures.\nREAD ALSO: These Are The Best And Worst Canadian Cities To Live In If You're A Woman\n"We believe that small actions often lead to big changes that help sustain the incredible biodiversity on the planet," said Lanthier.\nView this post on Instagram We’re thrilled to share that 2018 was the best year in the Calgary Zoo's history! From opening Panda Passage in May to setting a new attendance record of 1,480,000 visits this year, there was lots to celebrate. Possibly the most worthy of celebration was the new bar we set for releasing animals back into the wild. The Calgary Zoo released 200 endangered animals in 2018, including Vancouver Island marmots, burrowing owls, greater sage-grouse and fishers! Our goal is to release more animals back into the wild than we are caring for at the zoo. This year, we made some big steps towards achieving this goal, which just goes to show that - with the support of our community - we CAN save animals in the wild. A post shared by The Calgary Zoo (@thecalgaryzoo) on Jan 3, 2019 at 8:20am PST\nThis is the first time the Calgary Zoo has done a planned breeding program for giant pandas. If Er Shun is successful in getting pregnant, the zoo will contribute $1.4 million to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China for every year she stays at the zoo.\nAccording to a media relations personnel with the Calgary Zoo, Er Shun is expected to stay at the zoo for five years. The money to be donated from her stay will go towards supporting conservation initiatives like breeding, habitat protection, reintroduction science, and research.\n@thecalgaryzooembedded via\nGiant pandas are known as an “umbrella species.” This means they are a species that is selected for making conservation-related decisions. When you protect umbrella species you also protect many other species that makeup and share the habitat they live in.\nWith fewer than 1,800 left in the wild, there is a strong need to conserve the giant pandas.\nREAD ALSO: 12 Cute Road Trip Ideas Near Calgary You Need To Go On With Your S/O This Spring\nAccording to the zoo, the giant pandas biggest threat to life is habitat destruction. In the last 50 years, more than half the gift panda population has been lost.